Saturday, December 9, 2017

How large is your circle of caring?

In this time of Donald Trump with its sexism, racism, xenophobia, bigotry, it is more important than ever to remind ourselves of our ethical responsibilities to our fellow inhabitants on the planet.

From Theory of Knowledge:

"How large is your circle of caring?

Certainly, one of the recurring knowledge claims in ethics is that as human individuals we owe something to others – attitudes of respect, concern, or even love, and actions that promote their welfare along with our own.

Ethical systems based on consequences aim for the maximum of human happiness. Ethical systems based on principles present doing good for others as an obligation. Furthermore, ethical systems based on care stress nurturing relationships as important. All of these ethical systems agree that we should care for others. Religions of the world teach variations on the golden rule – to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Together, they lead to concern, caring, and compassion. "

Eileen Dombrowski;  Lena Rotenberg;  Mimi Bick. Theory of Knowledge (International Baccalaureate) (Page 271). OUP Oxford. Kindle Edition.

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